Sticks and Stones…

Bullying is awful for any child. But for a child with limb abnormalities, bullying is even worse. My childhood was extremely difficult – in fact, preschool, elementary, and middle school were the most difficult periods in my life. Therefore, I’m sharing my insight regarding how to deal with it. People often make assumptions or impose…

What’s it like dating when you’re a female amputee?

My Background My name is Marina, and I’m currently 21 years old. I was born with bilateral lower extremity abnormalities. I had a bilateral above-knee amputation when I was fourteen months old. Ever since then, I have been wearing prosthetic legs. My physical disability has impacted me in all aspects of my life, but it…

Upcoming minor surgery

A lot has happened since I last posted on here, both good and bad. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to my C-legs. I’m also off the crutches. I even got my prosthesis cosmetically covered (foam). I feel happy with my current prosthetic legs, as well as more confident walking in them. Now… the bad news….

Give Life Hero

Giving blood and Red Cross involvement: A simple gesture that has turned into so much more This crazy new adventure all began at the end of last year when my lifelong best friend Stacy asked me to go to a work event over lunch and donate blood. I swear I don’t think I even took…

Decide to be Great

As we are bombarded by the media with stories about success, riches and the fortunes of others, it is natural for us as humans to look at the people in those fairy tales, compare them with our own lives and try to find the advantages those folks have over us.  No, it’s not something most…

Run for Bauman

My wife Amanda and I spent the weekend in the Boston area. Our non-profit, Wiggle Your Toes, was selected to be the recipient of funds raised in a 2.62 mile run held in Chelmsford, MA. Chelmsford is the hometown of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the marathon bombings who lost both of his legs above the…

My Well-Earned Vacation!

I have to say that I am more excited about this vacation than pretty much any other vacation I have gone on. The past few months have been so crazy and hectic that I don’t even know where the time has gone. I am getting on a plane with 5 of my good girlfriends and…

My New X3 Super Equalizer

This past Friday, although admittedly at the time not as excited as some other amputees, I finally received the Bugatti of all microprocessor knees on the market. The coveted and long-awaited, high-tech, super-durable, military-grade, butt-kicking Ottobock X3 knee. And let me tell you, after wearing this jewel of technological advances over the weekend, the only…

That Awkward Moment When…

The sometimes awkward moments in life can become a bit more awkward when living with limb loss… For Limb Loss Awareness Month I thought I would share some rather interesting and funny situations that I have encountered over my years living with limb loss. We all have them, our funny and awkward moments. But if…

18,899 Steps

It has been a good week. I have been in Mexico with my family and am now at 38,000 feet heading home. I just opened my computer, which I have been neglecting for the past several days, to see a reminder – Ottobock / Blog Due, from a few days ago. I guess I took…

A Balancing Act

When I think about my life pre and post limb loss, I see the same life, but from two different views. Pre limb loss, I was crazy busy all the time, taking on so much that I couldn’t even handle it all. I didn’t take care of myself nearly the way I should have. In…

Chance of Snow

When the first flakes tumble down, I’m as excited as a kid on a sledding hill. “This is great guys!  Isn’t this great?!” It’s early December.  Ian and Dave, trainers from the rehab gym, trudge ahead of me.  With each step, their footprints fill up like little ponds.  They’re heading out to get lunch, and…